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91st General Assembly

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 1        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  Clerks  of  Courts Act by adding
 2    Section 30.

 3        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 4    represented in the General Assembly:

 5        Section 5.  The Clerks of Courts Act is amended by adding
 6    Section 30 as follows:

 7        (705 ILCS 105/30 new)
 8        Sec.  30.  Legal  counsel.   The  circuit  clerk  in each
 9    respective county may appoint either full-time  or  part-time
10    an  Illinois licensed attorney at law to represent the office
11    of the circuit clerk in the collection of any  debt  due  and
12    owing   the   circuit  clerk;  collection  of  child  support
13    administrative fees; reviewing  of  contracts  regarding  the
14    circuit  clerk's  office; and collection of dishonored checks
15    and unpaid fees.  The  county  board  authorization  for  the
16    appointment  of a legal counsel must be indicated by the line
17    item  inclusion  in  the  annual  appropriation  and   budget
18    ordinance  of  the  county  board  for  the operations of the
19    circuit clerk in each respective county.  The  legal  counsel
20    is  vested  with  the  same tort immunity as the clerk of the
21    circuit court.  The appointment of a  legal  counsel  by  the
22    circuit clerk does not relieve either the Attorney General or
23    the  State's  Attorney of his or her respective county of the
24    duty to defend the officers, agents,  and  employees  of  the
25    county in any litigation against the circuit clerk.

26        Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon
27    becoming law.

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